This Potato Chip Chicken Tenders Recipe is an easy weekday meal that even picky eaters like. While potato chips aren’t exactly healthy, we do love them.
We have them here occasionally as a treat, and it makes me happy that you can readily find potato chips made without preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Natural potato chips taste best on the day you open the bag, but they tend to have a short shelf life and I often find that we end up with a quarter-bag of broken chips in the pantry that no one wants to eat.
Potato Chip Chicken is the perfect way to use those broken chips, and you can also make this recipe using crushed tortilla chips or corn chips. It’s a simple dinner that both the adults and kids will like, and I love the fact that it helps us not be wasteful by using up the chips at the bottom of the bag.
Baked Potato Chip Chicken
- 1 pound thin-sliced chicken breast cutlets, cut in 2-inch strips
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups crushed potato chips (about 1/4 a party-size bag)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Grease a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Trim the fat off the chicken cutlets, and beat the egg and milk together in a shallow bowl. If you’re using leftover potato chips, simply fold over the top of the potato chip bag and crush the chips with a rolling pin. Or you can put potato chips in a large zip lock bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add the black pepper and paprika to the chips and shake the bag to combine.
Dip the chicken cutlets in the egg mixture and drop them one at a time in the potato chip bag or zip-lock bag. Zip or fold the top over, give the bag a quick shake, and arrange the coated chicken on the greased baking sheet. After you’ve coated and arranged all the chicken pieces, take any of the leftover chips from the bag and sprinkle them over the top of the chicken pieces, pressing lightly so they stick. Bake the chicken for 10 minutes, turn over and cook for 10 minutes more or until golden brown and cooked through. Makes 4 servings. (Variation: You can cut the chicken into ‘nuggets’ before breading; kids seem to like it this way.)
I make a simple dipping sauce by combining about 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard and 1 tablespoon honey. You can change up those quantities depending on your family’s preferences.
About Eliza Cross
Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites, 101 Things To Do With Bacon, and BERRIES. She enjoys sharing ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, and home projects. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.
5 thoughts on “Potato Chip Chicken Tenders Recipe”
Sounds so yummy and easy! I will definitely try this!
I saw a chef use potato chips to bread chicken on an episode of Chopped once. Looks delicious!
Just stopping by to say hello and wish you a Happy New Year filled with many blessings. I like the potato chip crusted chicken idea!
I conceived the idea of using potato chips as breading and decided to check it out on the internet. Your recipe was the first I looked at and decided to use it since it was the way I would have normally done it. I would not have thought of the paprika, though I use it quite often on chicken. I subscribed to your email and hope to acquire more simple recipes.
My husband came up with this same idea about 35 years ago. Except, he used barbecue potato chips. The kids always loved it, and now they make it for their kids.